Anwen wins first prize in Royal Welsh Show art competition!

Rhoscolyn artist, Anwen Roberts, whose work many of you will know, has won first prize in the prestigious Royal Welsh Show art competition. She says she was inspired to paint it after visiting the show last year where she soaked up the atmosphere, as can be seen from the resulting painting, which took her a month to complete, which isn’t surprising when you see the details in it.

The competition (run by the Daily Post) was open to artists in Wales to create an image to celebrate the 100th Royal Welsh Show.  ‘ The variety, atmosphere and soul of the event. Showcasing the passion and pride of the rural community of Wales’ was the brief. The public voted for their favorite and Anwen won. The picture then was to be made into merchandise of some description to be sold at the show. 

Anwen’s winning painting

Anglesey Rocket Man!

Tecwyn Roberts, from Llandaniel Fab in Anglesey, was a spaceflight engineer who in the 1960s played important roles in designing the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and creating NASA’s worldwide tracking and communications network.

As NASA’s first Flight Dynamics Officer, Tecwyn was instrumental in the Apollo moon mission for which he became the “interface” of operations. He was tasked with solving the problem of how to communicate with the spacecraft over the vast distance to the moon.

Former Director of the Johnson Space Centre, George Abbey, said of Tecwyn: “We couldn’t have done the landing without him”. Tecwyn met both presidents Kennedy and Nixon and was honoured with the NASA Exceptional Service Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the Goddard Space Centre Award of Merit.